Illustration: Kirsten Radtke for The Believer
Khadijah Number Two
A Rare & Wonderful Man
When in Riyadh
New York Magazine
*Selected for ‘One Great Story,’ New York’s Reading Recommendations newsletter.
LA Review of Books
Paris Review Online
Nothing for Something
*nominee: The PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers
Red Hen Press
A creative nonfiction work on American life post 9-11, published originally in the Penn Gazette.
Best American Short Fiction
Alt Current Press
A short story, published originally in the Baltimore Review.
BS, MSc, UMCP
Doctorate (on the children of immigrants) awarded with highest distinction from UPenn.
2023-2024 McKnight Fellow in Creative Prose. Alexander Chee was the judge, & selected my novel-in-progress as the winner. I was given $25,000 & a commemorative plaque :)
2022 Periplus Fellow
2021 Yaddo Fellow
2019 MacDowell Fellow
2019 Roxane Gay Fellow
Jack Jones Literary Arts Assocation
2018 Loft Fellow
Jerome Foundation &
the National Endowment for the Arts
Places & Migrations
Humanity of Literature
Loneliness & The Idiot
Being a responsible literary citizen who gives back to the larger community is something I take seriously. To that end, here are some ways I engage with the work of advocacy, writing, and community building:
Post George Floyd, I founded a literary journal, the Hennepin Review, in order showcase Black creative talent in the Midwest and beyond. I secured state funding for this (monthly) publication.
Volunteered several hours each week, from 2021 through 2023, reading through the slush pile for the literary journal Ploughshares, run out of Emerson College.
Since 2022, I’ve been serving as a judge and reader for the Scholastic Young Writing Award-contest, held annually. I read for the state of Minnesota.